Frugal and Green Cleaning

Ah, the cleaning aisle in the supermarket - identifiable from it's dreadful smell as I dash through the clouds of chemical soup* in the air to grap a new pair of Marigolds (Basics Rubber Gloves actually - you didn't really think I'd buy a brand name product!). The stinky cloud in the cleaning aisle is …

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Shoes worth wearing are worth repairing!

As my cobbler says, and it’s true. I took in my brown boots to be re-heeled and for £10, my boots look good as new! Much better than buying a new pair, and the cobbler even cleaned and polished them for me. That way I can go on wearing these boots for the rest of …

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Rubber Chicken

This post is part of the Frugality 101 series, getting back to frugal basics. Not a joke shop chicken, but one of these: S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D for lots of meals, lots of flavour and lots of frugal food fun! And yes, it is possible to get lots of delicious meals out of one chicken - not just …

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Vegetarian Chilli

I have to admit, I'm very pleased with this one! Makes two servings Ingredients 80g black turtle beans (dry weight), soaked, cooked and drained 1 onion 2 cloves of garlic 1 tin tomatoes 2 carrots 1 vegetable stock cube 1tsp cocoa powder 1tsp chilli powder 1tsp cayenne pepper ½ tsp ground cumin Method Add the …

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Butternut squash pasta bake

For my batch cooking this week, I attempted to make my own version of a Pret recipe for butternut squash and ricotta pasta, but with the ricotta replaced by a cheese sauce. However, there was a slight bump in the road with the cheese sauce... Makes six portions Ingredients 500g pasta – Basics penne, 35p …

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Back to Basics – Frugality 101

After a few months of losing control of my budget and giving in to hideous lifestyle inflation, it's time to get back on the frugal wagon. What better way to do so than a back to basics frugal challenge? Get ready to enrol on Savings in the City's crash course in budget basics, Frugality 101. …

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